With the Coronvirus pandemic affecting us in every possible way, Institute of Architects Bangladesh initiated an effort to urgently produce a handbook of Design Guideline for Isolation Center that will help architects and healthcare professionals to quickly set up or transform an existing facility into an isolation center.
After tireless inputs from the persons tasked with creating the document [full list and credits in the handbook], IAB has been able to complete it.
The DESIGN GUIDELINES FOR COVID-19 ISOLATION CENTER is shared with you all here as JPEG images. There are total 21 pages including the cover page.
The document is also being sent to responsible persons in the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare including the Honorable Minister, different medical college hospitals, Dept. of Public Health Engineering, PWD, Dept. of Architecture, Dhaka and Narayganj City Corporations. The full list of recipients as on 19.04.20 is given in the Comment section below.
IAB expects that this open source document will help architects and healthcare professionals to analyze individual context and apply the guidelines to set up Isolation Centers quickly. We sincerely hope that establishment of such facilities around Bangladesh will help in the on going battle to fight the pandemic.
Quoting from the Introduction
"Health care design research shows that the physical design of a hospital can minimize the risk of transmission of any infectious disease. This document aims to provide basic design guideline for an ‘Isolation Center’ for treating the suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients, highlighting
important areas to consider for infection control. The Isolation Center can be designed as an extension or renovation of an existing hospital building or as a makeshift (temporary) Isolation Center, for supporting patient care operations considering the safety of healthcare staff and patients
and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 virus. This design guideline is deemed to be helpful in
evaluating the layout of an Isolation Center, whether independent or part of a larger facility, in
response to the need of COVID-19 virus treatment."